Since the 1990s, nature-based tourism has skyrocketed in popularity as more and more travelers seek to learn about the environment, become stewards of it and are in need of it to counter life’s stresses. Perhaps no place better presents a firsthand look at nature and the environment than Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, with its 830 miles of shoreline incorporating barrier islands, salt marshes, unspoiled beaches, mangrove habitats, pine flatwoods, meandering rivers, canals and creeks, all outlining Florida’s second largest marine estuary.